While strategies to evaluate the influence of engaging patient partners in research are beginning to emerge, a systematic set of measures for assessing the impact of patient engagement in research (PER) on study approaches and outcomes is lacking. Existing measures skew more toward measuring the process of engagement and less toward measuring downstream outcomes of patient-partner engagement in all phases of research.
We have a new resource for health care organizations working to reduce low-value care. Our Taking Action on Overuse Framework and Change Package offer a roadmap to reduce the unnecessary diagnostic tests, treatments, and hospitalizations that can drive up costs and sometimes result in patient harm. The Framework identifies evidence-based strategies for obtaining buy-in, motivating behavior changes, and providing the necessary support and infrastructure for health care providers to engage and lead their peers in making the changes that improve the value of health care.
Our colleague Cara C. Lewis Ph.D. has been selected to receive the 2016 President's New Researcher Award by the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.
The award is based upon an early program of research that reflects factors such as: consistency with the mission of ABCT; independent work published in high-impact journals; and promise of developing theoretical or practical applications that represent clear advances to the field.
Transforming how primary care teams function is key to improving patient outcomes. To help practices adopt a team-based approach, our PCT-LEAP program is collaborating to produce eight webinars as part of the Community Health Center Inc.’s Clinical Workforce Development series. These webinars are designed to help your practice get up to date on the staffing models that drive effective primary care teams.
Primary care practices across the country are shifting to a team-based model of care, prompting the peer-reviewed journal Families, Systems, & Health to devote a full issue to exploring what works when transitioning from a physician-driven culture of patient care to team-based care.
We are pleased to offer the Implementing Innovations Into Practice Blog, a resource for northwest-based primary care practices. The region encompasses Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Wyoming, Montana and Alaska.
This blog features posts that showcase proven strategies practitioners can use to improve care and financial performance in primary care. It also includes opportunities to engage with other primary care professionals and to work with researchers on obtaining funding for improvement efforts.
People with chronic or recurrent depression can be hard to reach. But they benefited significantly on various outcome measures from a self-management support program that included regular outreach care management and a self-care group with a combined behavioral and recovery-oriented approach—and the addition of certified peer counsellors to the service.
Healthy Hearts Northwest is a three-year project for primary care practices in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho that aims to help improve the cardiovascular health of patients by expanding existing quality improvement capacity. Practices are participating nationwide as part of the AHRQ EvidenceNOW initiative.
The belief that the healthcare workforce needs to be planned and delivered as close to the patient as possible is one shared by many around the world. Achieving this is no small task. It means having the right people with the right skills, attitudes and behaviors in the right place at the right time in the right numbers across an entire country as personnel become increasingly mobile.